Chris Ellis

Biography: A character actor with a knack for playing blustery Southerners and military men (comic and dramatic), Chris Ellis was, appropriately enough, born and raised in Mississippi. While hardly a radical, 18-year-old Ellis discovered his interest in the arts, and his slightly longer than average hair made him a less than welcome presence in Mississippi. In 1968, he began studying acting with a theater troupe in Memphis, TN, where he made his stage debut. After completing his studies, Ellis moved to New York City, where he began working in off-Broadway and regional theater. However, keeping his foot in the door proved difficult for Ellis, and he found himself without steady work through most of the '80s, getting by thanks to the kindness of friends who would often invite him over for dinner. In 1990, Ellis' luck began to change when he was cast as the memorable Harlan Hoogerhyde in the Tom Cruise vehicle Days of Thunder. By the mid-'90s, Ellis was working steadily in film andA character actor with a knack for playing blustery Southerners and military men (comic and dramatic), Chris Ellis was, appropriately enough, born and raised in Mississippi. While hardly a radical, 18-year-old Ellis discovered his interest in the arts, and his slightly longer than average hair made him a less than welcome presence in Mississippi. In 1968, he began studying acting with a theater troupe in Memphis, TN, where he made his stage debut. After completing his studies, Ellis moved to New York City, where he began working in off-Broadway and regional theater. However, keeping his foot in the door proved difficult for Ellis, and he found himself without steady work through most of the '80s, getting by thanks to the kindness of friends who would often invite him over for dinner. In 1990, Ellis' luck began to change when he was cast as the memorable Harlan Hoogerhyde in the Tom Cruise vehicle Days of Thunder. By the mid-'90s, Ellis was working steadily in film and television, making small but notable appearances in Apollo 13, That Thing You Do!, and Armageddon, and making guest appearances on such series as The X-Files, Millennium, and Chicago Hope. Expand

Chris Ellis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 55
Highest Metascore: 77 Apollo 13
Lowest Metascore: 22 The Watcher
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
16 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
58 The Oath Oct 12, 2018 Hank / Hank / Hank / Hank tbd
tbd What Still Remains Aug 10, 2018 Harvey / Harvey 6.4
35 The Show Sep 15, 2017 Keller / Keller tbd
tbd Pitching Tents Mar 31, 2017 Principal Don Bishop / Principal Don Bishop tbd
70 Faults Mar 6, 2015 Dad / Dad tbd
37 Jessabelle Nov 7, 2014 Sheriff Pruitt 5.3
39 Grace Unplugged Oct 4, 2013 Pastor Tim Bryant / Pastor Tim Bryant / Pastor Tim Bryant / Pastor Tim Bryant tbd
tbd Believe in Me Mar 9, 2007 Jim Stovall 8.4
tbd Death and Texas Nov 3, 2006 Phillip Brodeur tbd
75 Catch Me If You Can Dec 25, 2002 Special Agent Witkins / Special Agent Witkins tbd
50 Planet of the Apes Jul 27, 2001 Commander Karl Vasich / Commander Karl Vasich 7.4
22 The Watcher Sep 8, 2000 Hollis / Hollis 8.5
71 October Sky Feb 19, 1999 Principal Turner 8.4
45 Home Fries Nov 25, 1998 Henry Lever 8.4
42 Armageddon Jul 1, 1998 Flight Director Clark 6.2
52 Bean Nov 7, 1997 Det. Butler 6.8
71 That Thing You Do! Oct 4, 1996 Phil Horace 8.0
77 Apollo 13 Jun 30, 1995 Deke Slayton 8.0
68 My Cousin Vinny Mar 13, 1992 J.T. 7.8
60 Days of Thunder Jun 27, 1990 Harlem Hoogerhyde 5.4